Response to Prompt 1: Feminism and Overpopulation

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        I believe that the empowerment of women throughout the world is a key factor in solving many of the world’s problems, including in part the environmental problems that we face. When women are empowered and educated, statistically, they have fewer children. I believe that this is because they have less time to be in the home and taking care of the children, therefore they tend to have fewer children.  This is, in most cases a voluntary decision to be made by the woman and the person that she is having children with. I believe that women should have access to contraception and birth control. I do not believe that it is in any way ethical to have a government enforced rule that people can only have a certain number children, such as China’s one child policy.

            Governments can help empower women by educating them on birth control methods and making these contraception options easily available to the population at large. If women are more educated, they will have the tools that are needed to get better jobs. By spending more time in the work place and improving their professional lives, women tend to have fewer children. I believe that lowering birthrates in more developed countries are a result of a multitude of things. Women are becoming more empowered and involved in the workplace and therefore have less time to have more children. Also, as the standard of living increases in countries, families do not need to have as many children. In developing countries, many families need to have more children for the reason of having more labor to help with the workload that is required for the family to sustain itself. As the society ‘advances’ and is more industrialized, less manual labor is generally needed and therefore, families do not need to have as many children to sustain this labor. 

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  1. Hi there! It was great reading your blog. I like how to attributed declining birth rates in developing areas to women getting more involved in the workplace. While I agree that women are becoming more and more aggressive in their careers we have still yet to see a female President. Moreover, there are only 22 female CEOs of fortune 500 companies and only eight in the top 100 (http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/05/09/women-ceos-fortune-500/). I think this inequality rests primarily on social issues that haven’t been resolved yet. Like you mentioned, education is of course a good place to start. As education lays the foundation, we can hope the glass ceiling is quickly elevated and hopefully shattered altogether.

  2. I completely agree with your stance on the importance of female empowerment ad well as education. It’s really incredibly unjust that withholding education is used to undermine and disenfranchise women in order for others to gain power and control. Last night at a Recurso meeting, some girl scouts came to give a talk about how girls in South Sudan are not allowed to go to school when they’re menstruating– which means they miss a week of class every month. There was a statistic that girls were more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than graduate. They were gathering funds and materials to sew reusable sanitary pads in order for them to use so they could go back to school. Of course, there are a myriad of reasons why it’s very difficult for girls in South Sudan (insufficient road infrastructure, cultural norms, etc.) to attain education but unfortunately it is very tied to reproduction and gender.

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